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From US Rowing, June 27:
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PRINCETON, N.J. – This morning on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., 15 crews moved closer to their international dreams by earning berths to the team that will represent the United States at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 11-15 in Trakai, Lithuania, during trials racing on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

And among them was Virginia’s Furlong, who won his event in a time of 7:17.743.

Yet to be named to the team are the six crews being selected from USRowing selection camps, including the men’s and women’s eight, men’s four, lightweight men’s four, and women’s quadruple sculls. The naming date for those boats is July 1. The naming date for the men’s quadruple sculls has been extended to June 6.

Wining this morning in the first race of the men’s double sculls was Maritime Rowing Club’s Michael Donohue and Chris Massey, who finished first in a time of 6:31.135. They were followed by the Maritime entry of John Madura and Matthew Schanck in a time of 6:33.930. The crew of Donohue and Massey declined their bid to concentrate on the quad selection camp and the bid rolled down to Madura and Schanck.